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Religious Studies

... looks into questions such as ...

  • How do religious texts originate?
  • Is religion becoming less and less important in the modern age?
  • Which role does religion play in the migration process?
  • Are some religions really more dangerous than others?
  • What is religion actually?

Degree programmes


Religious Studies, Bachelor 2 subject


Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 6 semesters
Classroom language: German

2-Subject Bachelor Programme: This degree programme requires a second subject.
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Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

in Bochum, Religious Studies collaborates closely with numerous other social and cultural-studies disciplines, thus giving students the opportunity of studying diverse religious traditions in-depth, whilst integrating multi-faceted theoretical and systematic perspectives. In addition, it is possible to combine this RUB subject with the B.A. "Musikwissenschaft" at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen across locations.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • History of early Oriental and ancient religions
  • History of Jewish religions
  • History of Christian religions
  • History of Islamic religions
  • History of Indian religion and religions originated in India
  • History of East-Asian religions
  • Source languages and methods of religious research relevant in terms of religious studies
  • History of Central Asian religions
  • History of Iranian religions

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • an interest in historical contexts as well as current developments, excellent reading competencies and the willingness to engage into a neutral discourse of religion

  • dealing with other cultures, learning old and new languages, conducting a discourse of actual religious and social issues and discussing theoretical concepts and models
Struggle through:

  • texts, texts, texts (including dry texts, English-language literature and old sources), learning a source language (such as Greek, Arabic or Sanskrit), seminar papers, term papers, and personal preconceptions about religion

Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • as political consultants
  • in education
  • in libraries, museums and archives
  • in the media and PR industry
  • in the field of development aid

And else?

An internship ...

is optional. It is done in the 3th semester.
Duration: 6 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 4th or 5th semester.
Duration: 1 semester

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Religionswissenschaft, Studienberatungskommission
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Religionswissenschaft
Building, Room: Universitätsstraße 90a, Raum 0.10
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-26490
Website Fachschaft